Tottenham at Aston Villa Team News: Lo Celso, Lamela, Konsa

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Tottenham Hotspur visits Aston Villa on Sunday in a match-up of two sides playing with a lot of urgency right now. Spurs, sitting mid to low in the table when Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino in late 2019, are now within striking distance of the top four.

Villa, a very injury-ravaged side, are struggling to stay out of the drop zone. So without further ado, let’s look at the team news for this one, starting with Spurs. Mourinho will be without, of course, long term injury absentees Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko.

Meanwhile Giovani Lo Celso, Erik Lamela and Ben Davies are all doubts. Flipping over to the hosts,

Dean Smith could have a selection headache with several players out or facing late fitness tests. Ezri Konsa (a doubt due to a muscular injury) is concern #1. Also doubtful are Danny Drinkwater and Keinan Davis.

Meanwhile Wesley Moraes, Tom Heaton, Jed Steer and John McGinn are all out injured.

Tottenham Hotspur at Aston Villa FYIs

February 16, 2pm, Villa Park

Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI Prediction: go to this link

TV, Stream: Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Go

Probabilities: Tottenham Hotspur win 50%  Draw 26%  Aston Villa win 24%

Form Guide: Tottenham Hotspur WWDLL    Aston Villa LWDLW

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2, Aston Villa 1

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “No,  I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly appears on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation

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